A 'famille-rose' cloisonné enamel on copper 'Indian lotus' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, 1750–1799
Lot 55
A 'famille-rose' cloisonné enamel on copper 'Indian lotus' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, 1750–1799
Sold for HK$ 225,000 (US$ 29,031) inc. premium
Lot Details
A 'famille-rose' cloisonné enamel on copper 'Indian lotus' snuff bottle
Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, 1750–1799
6.35cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 6, no. 1115

    銅胎掐絲琺瑯番蓮鼻煙壺
    御製品,宮廷作坊,北京,1750~1799

    A 'famille-rose' cloisonné 'Indian lotus' snuff bottle
    Famille-rose enamels on copper with gold (cloisonné); with a flat lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding flat footrim; decorated with a partially filled, symmetrical, continuous design of scrolling Indian lotus and other flowers framed between a shoulder band of formalized floral design contained in a lingzhi design beneath pendent petals and a base band of formalized lotus petals; the foot covered in pale turquoise-blue enamel; all exterior exposed metal gilt
    Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing 1750–1799
    Height: 6.35 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.65/1.60 cm
    Stopper: aventurine glass; horn collar

    Condition: Kiln condition

    Provenance:
    Phillip Allen
    Robert Kleiner (1997)

    Published:
    Treasury 6, no. 1115

    The design here is achieved by soldering wires to the flat copper surface of the bottle and filling between them; the only differences between this and a standard cloisonné bottle are that it is only partially filled and the copper that remains uncovered by enamels has been gilded. This partial cloisonné technique seems almost exclusively confined to snuff bottles produced for the court, and mostly probably to those from the palace workshops of the mid- to late Qianlong era. It appears on this and Sale 4, lot 124, both extremely rare variations.

    With its very Imperial subject, superb technical control, and lovely design, this is one of the most spectacular of all Imperial cloisonné bottles. It is remarkable for its carefully 'drawn' wires and the lovely 'shading' of the enamels in the lotus flowers (achieved by using three distinctly different colours). Its surface has not been polished flat in the usual way, leaving the enamel filling in the cloisonné slightly convex. This is both rare and effective. For a detailed account of the process of manufacture based on both a nineteenth-century account and Hugh Moss's 1974 observations, see the commentary on this bottle in Treasury 6.

    銅胎掐絲琺瑯番蓮鼻煙壺

    銅胎掐絲琺瑯;平唇,平斂底,突出平底圈足;飾以纏枝番蓮花葉紋,壺肩有秋海棠花紋、尖端如意雲頭等,壺身近底飾一圈蓮瓣紋,底施綠松石藍琺瑯料,外壁無琺瑯料的銅皆鎏金
    御製品,宮廷作坊,北京,1750–1799
    高﹕ 6.35 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.65/1.60 厘米
    蓋﹕ 金星玻璃;獸角座

    狀態敘述: 出窯狀態

    來源:
    Phillip Allen
    Robert Kleiner (1997)

    文獻﹕
    Treasury 6, 編號 1115

    差不多只給宮廷製作的鼻煙壺才有這種銅胎半掐絲半鎏金修飾工藝法,大多數大概是乾隆中、晚葉的宮廷作坊作的。第四場拍賣會,拍賣品號 124, 也是一個例子。製作的程序,參閱本壺 Treasury 6 中的說明。
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